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Government

  • Two new faces join Town Council

        A special election, required as a result of Bedford's annexation of some territory as part of it's reversion deal with the county brought two new faces to Town Council.
        Tim Black was the number one vote getter in the six-way race for Council's four two-year seats. Black got 1,104 votes, representing 23 percent of the votes cast. Black is the son of former clerk of the circuit court Carol Black.

  • What should be done with Bedford Middle School?

    Have an idea about what should happen to Bedford Middle School once the new middle school is built in the Liberty attendance zone?

    You may be just the person Bedford Town Council is looking to help with that issue.

    Council is seeking area residents who would be interested in serving on an advisory committee to discuss ideas about what to do with BMS once it is vacated by Bedford County Public Schools. The advisory committee will be made up about seven members.

  • Johannessen wants to serve community

        “Several people asked me about it,” said Bruce Johannessen, explaining why he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        He also believes a citizen owes his community some time and effort.
        “I think serving on Council is part of doing something for the community,” he said.
        This is Johannessen’s first bid for elective office, but he’s no stranger to government. He’s worked for the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for 43 years.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • County appropriates budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent, to appropriate the county’s $89.38 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. The budget’s capital improvement fund includes $800,000 designated for emergency apparatus. It also includes $2 million for water and sewer debt service.

  • GA, governor still have work to finish

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Wrap Up breakfast wasn’t exactly a wrap up. Although the Bedford area’s General Assembly delegation was able to report on a number of finished pieces of legislation, Virginia still remains without a budget.

  • New recreation advisory board is established

        Bedford County’s supervisors have set up a new recreation advisory board, approving it at their last meeting in April.
        According to Wyatt Woody, the county’s parks and recreation director, Bedford County at one time had a recreation commission, which actually made policy decisions and dealt directly with staff. This commission was disbanded in 2004. Later, Michael Stokes, Woody’s predecessor as parks an recreation director, set up and advisory board, but could never get a quorum for meetings.

  • County leases Group Home facilities

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved leasing the four cottages of the former Group Home on Falling Creek Road to Lutheran Family Services.
        The non-profit organization will lease the buildings for a total of $120,000 per year. The Group Home closed in January, 2013 after a fall in court ordered residential placements under the Comprehensive Youth Services Act due to a change in state philosophy on how to handle these situations.

  • Marci Stone takes position in Roanoke

        Deputy Chief of Fire and Rescue Services Marci Stone wasn’t looking for a new job. The new job came looking for her.

  • Water, sewer rates going up

    The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) is seeking a rate increase for water and sewer.
         A public hearing is slated for June 17 at 7 p.m. at BRWA’s board room on Falling Creek Road. BRWA’s board of directors will make the final decision on whether to adopt the new rates following the hearing. The rates, if adopted, will take effect on July 1.